The twenty-third Junior's English Cross-Country Championships took place at the Royal Lancashire Agricultural Showground in Stanley Park, Blackpool. The four-mile course consisted mainly of grassland and the starters were set off by the Mayor of Blackpool, Alderman Albert E. Stewart J.P.
First to show was Jack Lane (Feltham AC) just in front of Midland champion Keith Rollason (Tipton Harriers), Graham Tuck (Cambridge & Coleridge AC), Pat Gilsenan (Corby Town AAC), Chris Garforth (Hull Harriers), James Milton (Saltwell Harriers) and Grenville Tuck Cambridge & Coleridge AC). Over the next mile the pack caught Lane. At the end of the first lap Rollason had stolen a march on the others and had established a 20m lead over Gilsenan, Garforth, Graham Tuck and Milton, who were ahead of Lane, Jim Ferguson (Ayr-Seaforth AC), Steve Gibbons (Birmingham University AC) and John King (Small Heath Harriers).
At the 4-mile mark, Rollason's lead had increased to 50m and he held this lead to win in 29:45. Lane stormed through to second place with Gilsenan third.